Blogger Mail | Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule and Facial Mask

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Throughout my whole K-Beauty journey for the past 5 years, I've never truly given much attention to soothing skincare products as I have never experienced severe irritation, flakiness and inflammation until I've had allergic reactions due to food poisoning (barracuda fish!) few months ago and it took months to be fully recovered from all that although I still see some flaky area along my jawline and neck. So far, I've only indulging myself in soothing, hydrating, nourishing sheet masks in the form of hydrogel masks, bio-cellulose masks even cream masks, but after I've noticed that they're all quite costly as average price per piece of those sheet mask is RM20 (~USD5)!





Well, I wasn't actually prepared for that at that point of time so while I'm in the search for some products that I can try to improve my overall skin texture, Wako Beauty; a Malaysian-based e-commerce site selling various skincare products has sent these products from the brand Skin1004 and I don't know if it's in their intention or not but I'd know for sure that in Korean, 1004 pronounced as chun (1000) + sa (4) = chunsa which also means angel so the products are indeed somewhat heaven-sent to me.


But first, let's go into details on this ampoule!



Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule

Made of 100% centella asiatica extract from Madagascar.

What is Centella Asiatica?
It is also known as tiger grass and it has been recognized for centuries for its medicinal use. For generations, active ingredients in Centella Asiatica has been known as medication that soothes skin damages by strengthening the skin cells. It is also well-known for hydrating skin and reducing uneven skin tone.

How to Use: Smooth the ampoule onto cleansed skin in the morning and night or whenever the skin feels irritated or wounded.


Ingredients: Centella Asiatica extract 100%


Now, let's go to the packaging!


   


As you can see in the above photos, the product comes in a box with that minimalist style of green and white colours. You guys know me, I love minimal design because honestly, I can't handle fancy or messy-looking packaging these days as there's too much chaos going on my vanity these days. 

I truly admire the brand's choice to print the English product description in similar way to the Korean version as it is used to be on the smaller side of the box and this one comes in a tall square box! Nice, right?

On another side of the box, they indicated the product is 100% of Centella Asiatica extract and it's in 100ml sized. 




Onto the bottle of the product, it's made of sturdy glass so you guys better be careful and make sure to not holding the bottle with wet hands! It's covered in slightly opaque white colour so you can still see how much product left in it. I like that the bottle fits nicely on my hands and I can just grab it well with one hand. 




Note that the expiry date was printed at the bottom side of the bottle; in the format of YYYY.MM.DD so that's 17th June 2020. I've noticed that no date was printed on the box itself so I'd just write on it myself as I do it sometimes on boxes that I'd still want to keep (read: hoard) in my packaging drawers. Yes, my drawers are filled with box packagings of my currently opened products because sometimes dates printed on tubs and tubes can be erased especially facial cleansers.




At the back of the bottle, there's simple Korean product description telling that this is facial ampoule is Madagascar's original and again, at 100% of its extract.


Application:




It's been awhile since I last encountered serum or ampoule with a pipette to dispense the product. I've noticed that the size of the opening of the bottle nicely fit the pipette itself however I do think that the shaft for the pipette is too long for the size of that dropper so it's filled with only 3/4 of the ampoule every time and there are bubbles trapped so I usually go with 5 to 7 drops of the ampoule for my whole facial and neck area.




Unexpectedly, the ampoule is in that clear, watery consistency (while taking the photo, I had to balance that drop of it on the back of my hand or it'll run down!) and absorbed well into the skin merely in seconds! It's indeed soothing upon application and I kept wanting to apply more! So I guess, as it's called ampoule because it's meant to be applied topically i.e. certain affected facial area but the first few times of using this, I've literally applied onto my whole facial area and another extra layer on my most flaky area along the jawline.


The ampoule is hydrating, smoothing out the rough flaky area of my skin with the scent is only slightly and to my liking. As I don't have much redness throughout the time I was testing it, I couldn't see whether it's able to tone it down but I'm sure it actually can. 


I'd give this 5/5 for its overall look, function, and how it just works so well with my current skin condition. I wish I've gotten my hands on this ampoule on the actual day when I got my allergic reaction but still, I'm glad I've received this product and happily repurchased it when it's finished.


This product is available for purchase on Wako Beauty for RM79.20 here or on their official Shopee account here





Now, let's go to the facial mask!




Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica Facial Mask


Maintain PH balance, Soothing - While improving sensitive skin, it enhances the ability of skin to heal skin barrier. Make your skin shine on rough skin result from the external hazardous environment.

Tencel Sheet (Nature fabric) - Tencel mask that perfectly adhere to your skin with extra softness and effective absorption of the essence.

High-enriched cream (2-step moisturizing) - Deeply hydrates the dried skin with Centella Asiatica powerful moisturizing effect.



Ingredients:

Step 1:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sea Water, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexyglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Capryly Glycol, Beta-glucan, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Honey Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1


Step 2:
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate,Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol ,Hydrogenated Lecithin,Niacinamide, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Squalane, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol ,Tromethamine , Panthenol , Sodium Carbomer, Erythritol, Trehalose, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Adenosine, Lavandula Spica (Lavender) Flower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ozonized Olive Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Orange Roughy Oil, Madecassoside, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Asiaticoside, Malt Extract, Asiatic Acid, Butter Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract, Ceramide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Linoleic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linolenic Acid

Do note that the Hydrolyzed Collagen is actually marine collagen.



Packaging:




This mask comes in similar design to the ampoule sister; simple green and white for the mask with detachable black sachet for the cream at the top.




You guys know that I’m a sheet mask addict so I’m glad that this product also comes in sheet mask formed and such a plus that this is a 2-step pack as it comes with moisturiser from the same Madagascar Centella Asiatica skincare line which is perfect for travel or weekend getaway. 


The sheet mask doesn't come with English description at the back but in short, the Step 1 is the facial mask followed by Step 2 the moisturiser. So, I cleansed, toned and applied the sheet mask for about 20 minutes then followed up with the cream on top prior applying my sunscreen of the day.




As you can see, the Tencel sheet is quite thin and nicely fits my facial curve with a little bit extra on my chin area. The adherence is excellent and it has a similar scent to the ampoule sister. The essence for this is light and watery and well-absorbed into the skin. After I took the sheet mask off, there's slight excess of the essence so I just tapped my face with fingers until it dries down to smooth silky finish. 

The moisturiser that comes with the mask is in white, quite heavy creamy texture. It does takes a little bit of time to be fully absorbed and kind of oily for my T-zone so I decided to smooth everything out with matte sunscreen.

Overall, 4/5. This is surely convenient but I think I'd rather just use air-laid puffs with the ampoules sister to use as facial mask and getting the full-sized of that cream as I find the amount of the cream contained in the sachet is quite a lot for single usage. Knowing my own habit as I'd usually dispose the sachet after opening can be wasteful while dispensing the cream into an empty travel tub can be a hassle but still a good option. 


This product is available for purchase on Wako Beauty for RM60.20 here or on their official Shopee account here



I guess that's all of it! Do let me know your thoughts on these two products from Skin1004 by leaving comments down below. Feel free to suggest Centella Asiatica-based products if you'd like. 

Until next post! Annyeong~



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